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    September 13, 2012
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>> bill: hey, hey, hello everybody. it is tuesday. >> bill: good morning, everybody. what do you say this thursday, september 13. can you believe it? here we are the "full court press" on current tv. good to have you with us today. we've got lots to talk about today. oh, boy, oh, boy oh, boy. we'll bring up to date on the latest news, not just from libya but from around the country here and what's happening here in washington, d.c. i'll take your calls, of course, at 1-866-55-press. yes, what do you do when america
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is under attack, when an american ambassador is killed in a brutal senseless murder? well you attack the president of the united states and accuse him of siding with the terrorists. sarah palin no. mitt romney. how low can you go? man, that's going to dominate our talk this morning. first, let's take a little time out to get the latest, today's current news update from lisa ferguson joining us from los angeles. hi lisa. early good morning to you. >> hey bill, good morning everyone. we are seeing more political fallout this morning after statements from mitt romney took aim at president obama during the attacks in libya and cairo. tuesday night romney blamed president obama for sympathizing with the attackers and then he double downed on those claims again wednesday morning. take a look. >> the administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in egypt instead of condemning their
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actions. >> romney is basing that off of a statement from the u.s. embassy in cairo saying it does not support the criticism of muslims' religious beliefs. not only was that statement never approved by washington, it was also issued four hours before the attacks in an effort to calm the situation down. president obama, in fact, did condemn the attacks and said he is shocked romney would play politics during a time the united states is still mourning the loss of four of its diplomats. romney is now seeing a big backlash from those statements, even from conservatives but a few are actually taking his side. former secretary of state henry kissinger says he can understand romney's severe reaction to the violence. jim demint called romney absolutely right on libya and senator jon kyl said the u.s. embassy's response is the same as blaming a rape victim and then asking them for an apology. more bill press is coming up live after the break. we're live in chat,
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[ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> announcer: broadcasting across the nation on your >> announcer: broadcasting across the nation, on your radio and on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >> bill: the iphone is out! iphone 5 and i want one! get me one. first one to get me an iphone 5 gets a signed copy of the "the obama hate machine." >> what a deal. >> bill: hello everybody. what do you say, good morning good morning. it is thursday, september 13. good to see you today. thank you for joining us. it is the "full court press." coming to you live all the way
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across this great land of ours, every town, every city of america. every little village coming to you live from our nation's capital and brought to you by your local progressive talk radio station by sirius x.m. this hour only and all three hours on current tv. so we're coming to you on the raid joy or coming to you on tell -- on the radio and coming to you on television to talk about the issues of the day. you join the conversation by giving us a call at 1-866-55-press. or by going in the chat room and joining your fellow "full court pressers" around the country. do that by going to current.com. so good to see you today. and, as always, good to welcome the team back. peter ogborn and dan henning and cyprian bowlding, what a gang. >> hey there. >> bill, good morning. >> bill: everything good? >> yes indeed. it is thursday. and where is my -- >> here we go. >> bill: here is my beatup iphone. >> high tech case there. >> bill: still with the rubber
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band holding it together until i get my new one. they rolled it out yesterday. and well, let's let this director of development -- >> marketing guy. >> bill: marketing guy phil schuler from iphone, he'll tell us all about it. >> it is the most beautiful product we have ever made bar none. >> bill: there it is. what more can you say? the more beautiful -- better than the ipad, the original iphone, you name it. >> it does look very impressive. >> yeah, it does. it looks pretty slick. they're saying it is the biggest thing to happen to the iphone since the iphone. and if you think about how -- it's been five years or so since they released the original iphone i mean, the way that it's changed the way that we communicate, it really is. it is a bfb. this is a big change. it is bigger, it's lighter. it has all kinds of bells and willses on it. >> bill: i feel sorry for
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people who still have blackberries. >> i do, too. >> they're kind of outmoded. >> they've been going downhill. >> bill: remember the palm pilot? it was a big deal. >> the only advantage that blackberry users have i think are people who write long e-mails and live off of their phone because if i had to write more than two paragraphs on my iphone, i will find a computer. i won't write that long on my iphone. >> bill: that's why i have an ipad. >> cyprian still has a blackberry. >> bill: well, you know cyprian. he's backwards in many ways. he doesn't seen have a mike -- he doesn't even have a microphone. >> bill: when can i get one? >> you won't be able to get your hands on one for a couple of years. you can preorder them tomorrow. >> bill: whoa, that's hot okay. >> then you can have it in your hands a week from tomorrow. >> bill: i can order it
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tomorrow. okay. you've got it! okay. and we have a big line-up today. lots of important stuff to talk about. we'll get right to, it of course. focus mainly on libya on mitt romy's stupid comments about libya, on president obama's comments yesterday in the rose garden. senator jeanne shaheen from new hampshire, member of the senate foreign affairs committee will be in studio to help talk about that. so will joe cirincione from the plawg shares fund -- from the ploughshares fund and we will talk to the technology editor of "buzzfeed" about the new iphone. but first -- >> this is the "full court press." >> on this thursday, other headlines making news, a big move by the world's largest fast food chain that is pleasing healthy eating advocates. mcdonald's will soon post calorie counts on all of its menus and restaurants and drive-through lanes "usa today" reports they're testing
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healthier food items in some markets including an all egg white english breakfast far cry from big mac with 550 calories and 29 grams of fat. >> let's be nice. this is a good step. >> bill: i don't want to be nice. >> i still won't eat at mcdonald's. >> bill: you can't make mcdonald's healthy. >> they're just adding healthy items. the. >> bill: they're trying to have it both ways. >> it is still not food you should eat. they have bad business practices and the way they raise their food and produce is very bad. however -- >> bill: you know what -- can i borrow a phrase. it is like putting lipstick on a pig. >> major league baseball released the 2013 schedule yesterday and it starts a bit differently than other years. for the first time -- >> are the nationals in the world series? >> two teams will start their season -- >> bill: the season isn't even over yet.
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>> two teams will start with an interleague match-up. reds will play the angels on april 1st. this is caused by the houston astros moving leagues from from the n.l. to the a.l. west. it evens everything out. there will be six divisions of five teams each for the first time. >> one thing at a time. >> bill: let's win this world series. >> will strasburg pitch next season? that's the big question. >> yes. >> bill: for how many games? >> prince william and kate may soon be ready to start a family. while on a trip in singapore yesterday, the heir to the british throne was asked -- >> how many times have you done this story? how many times have we done the princess might be pregnant story? >> let me finish! [ laughter ] >> i can tell you that for the first time, the french gave specifics. cbs tells us that he -- the prince gave specifics. he told us he wants to have two children. more speculation when kate was
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seen drinking water instead of wine. >> bill: here we go again. thank you dan. yes, indeed. a tragic situation in libya yesterday. it was on the anniversary of september 11th. that terrorists attacked us again not on american soil but no doubt about it. it's been not quite confirmed yet but the security experts are saying that this attack on our embassy in libya was not just a case of a mob that went out of control. and got out of hand. it was a terrorist attack planned against our embassy or consulate in libya and that the terrorists just took advantage of the mob that had been there to protest this video to launch their terrorist attack and to end up killing three american diplomats and the american ambassador to libya. ambassador chris stephens.
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i was in the rose garden yesterday when president obama came out very solemn president obama with the secretary of state, hillary clinton to make their comments -- to make his comments. the secretary of state earlier at the state department, had pointed out how tragic this was particularly she was a good friend of chris stephens. he apparently -- i had never met him. wonderful, wonderful guy served in the peace corps in morocco. spent most of his professional life as a diplomat in that region. loved that region. spoke the language. loved the people. they loved him. the irony of it was not lost on secretary of state hillary clinton. >> this is not easy. today, many americans are asking. indeed, i asked myself, "how could this happen"? how could this happen in a country we helped liberate in a
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city we helped save from destruction. >> bill: indeed. how indeed could that have happened? chris stephens gave his life, lost his life trying to save others at our consulate other americans and other workers at our consulate in libya. president obama, for his part yesterday, absolutely, totally condemned the violence and the killings. >> there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence none. >> bill: president obama again, i was there in the rose garden yesterday. photos of the president and the first lady in the rose garden that i took yesterday are up on our web site. check them out at billpressshow.com. the president praised chris stephens by personally -- he also had gotten to know him. he praised those others who lost their lives and who served in such challenging times in such
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challenging part of the world. and said we will -- it was very interesting. pointed out that the libyan security forces fought alongside of american forces to repel the invaders and -- not protestors but the terrorists who were attacking the embassy and he said that we stand -- still continue to stand with libya and together with libya we'll find out who did it and we'll go after them. >> we will work to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. >> bill: what happened to president obama when he says he will bring somebody to justice that he means it. we also have drones already flying over libya helping to track down those people. what a contrast to the -- between the president's serious solemn, appropriate remarks yesterday and mitt romney who was totally totally off the
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rails. i mean so -- we have to know the sequence of events. what happened first was there were some protestors that showed up at the egyptian embassy in cairo. protesting this crazy video made by a group of lunatic christians from southern california which these christians, muslim-hating christians who made this video attacking prophet mohammed and displaying him as a child molester. now just think about the reaction some of us might have if muslims put out a video portraying jesus christ as a pervert and a child molester. at any rate, the embassy in egypt put out a statement -- our embassy in egypt a statement not cleared by the white house by the way but still what they said was "the embassy -- this is long before the attacks again i
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want to make that point. "the embassy of the united states in cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of muslims." this was before the protestors attacked the embassy in cairo. before the protestors and the terrorists attacked the embassy in libya. that statement just saying that this video was wrong. okay. this inflammatory video. and mitt romney rushes out with a statement where he accuses president obama of being behind the attacks and siding with the terrorists. this is mitt romney. >> romney: possibly the administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in egypt. instead of condemning their actions. it's never too early for the united states government to
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condemn attacks on americans and to defend our values. >> bill: first what's wrong with that is first that he shot from the lip right. number one is the attacks hadn't even taken place yet. that statement by the embassy was just saying this video was wrong. we should not be making inflammatory videos like that. he is accusing president obama of standing with the people who are attacking our embassies when the attacks had not even occurred yet! and then yesterday morning after it was clear that his timing was off and that one of our own four of our own and an ambassador of the united states killed for the first time since 1979. did mitt romney say i'm sorry i spoke too soon. no he doubled down in jacksonville. >> romney: the white house distanced itself from the statement saying it wasn't cleared by washington. that reflects the mixed signals they're sending to the world. >> bill: there's no mixed signal here. not at all.
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president obama condemned the violence. condemned the actions. vowed to take these people to justice. he acted right away and again when we are under attack, when america is under attack, when terrorists are attacking the united states, it is a time to stand together. that's what democrats and republicans did after 9-11. that would have been like john kerry standing up on 9-11 and saying it was george bush's fault. he sent the planes in to the world trade center. he supports al-qaeda. he supports -- you didn't hear that. this is outrageous! on the part of mitt romney. i think it disqualifies him for being president of the united states. and i'll tell you one thing president obama kept his cool but he was asked yesterday happened to have an interview with "60 minutes" yesterday and steve croft asked him about mitt romney's comments and boy here is obama as icy as you could be but really just leveling mitt romney.
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>> there's a broader lesson to be learned here and governor romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and name later. and as president one of the things i've learned is you can't do that. >> bill: shoot first and aim later. i gotta tell you this is huge. not just me saying it. there are a lot of republicans today who are saying mitt romney really stepped in it this time. big time. big mistake on his part. and you know what -- to me, it just shows this guy doesn't believe in anything. he is nothing but a desperate cheap, partisan, political hack. mitt romney, he will say anything. 1-866-55-press. i think it's time for republicans to stand up and say mitt romney, you're an embarrassment! mitt romney, can we trade you in for another candidate? what a putz. 1-866-55-press. let's talk about it. come on. >> announcer: on your radio on tv the "bill press show."
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>> announcer: heard around the country and seen on current tv this is the "bill press show." >> bill: hey, it is 24 minutes >> bill: 26 minutes after the hour. mark who ran john mccain's campaign came out yesterday with a statement about mitt romney saying in the wake of this violence, the rush by republicans, including mitt romney, sarah palin and scores of other conservative critics to condemn president obama for policies they claimed helped precipitate the attacks is as tortured in its reasoning as it
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is unseemly in its timing. republicans, right and left either condemning mitt romney or refusing to join him. john boehner mitch mcconnell eric kantor yesterday refused to criticize president obama because they know it's not right and it's not the right time. larry calling from new briton, connecticut. >> caller: good morning bill. >> bill: yes sir. >> caller: first remove the second m from mormon and you have mitt romney. >> bill: i got it. moron. >> caller: it sounds like mitt romney is defending american values he made it sound like pastor terry jones represents american values. i found that outrageous. >> bill: the guy that wanted to burn the koran. >> caller: and he had a smirk on his face. >> bill: yeah. listen, larry, glad you
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mentioned that. peter has the smirk up on your computer. we'll show it on the screen for those watching on current tv. for the rest of you, check out our web site and you'll see the smirk as he walked away from the podium. charles is in lancaster california. hey, charles. >> caller: good morning, bill. isn't it amazing that rick santorum -- came through that mitt romney would be the worst candidate that the republican party could field. >> bill: you know what? that phrase of rick santorum keeps echoing in my head, too. he said during the primary of all of us up on the stage, mitt romney is the worst candidate republicans could put up against barack obama. and you're right charles. i never thought i would hear myself say these words but rick santorum was right. rick santorum was right about one thing. of course, he wouldn't have been such a great candidate either. all right, romney. let's talk more about it. more calls coming up. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show."
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>> announcer: heard around the country and seen on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >> bill: 33 minutes after the hour now on a thursday, september 13. tomorrow night friday, very excited. it is buffalo. buffalo night western new york night. at the talking leaves bookstore on elmwood avenue in buffalo at 7:00 p.m. going to see all of you in western new york out there tomorrow night. check the web site for more details at billpressshow.com. that photo of mitt romney walking away from the podium
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yesterday morning after he doubled down on his attacks oh, aren't i so clever? oh yeah. terrorists have attacked us and so i'm going to pull a sarah palin. i'm going to accuse barack obama of palling around with terrorists. aren't i clever? mitt romney walking away from the podium with a noticeable smirk on his face. that photo is up on our facebook page and we've had lots of comments already and suggested captions from our loyal viewers and listeners this morning. john suggests "i don't take myself seriously. neither should you." mark robinson, today it is more important for me to be a candidate than an american. jeff burk hols, i'm not even sure how but this just made me more money. yeah, how disgusting. by the way, "the washington
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post" also out with an editorial this morning condemning mitt romney for his comments and the timing as well as "the new york times." i should, to be fair, i should point out that mitt romney -- there are some republicans who have come out and publicly supported mitt romney for his unfortunate remarks. paul ryan did. of course. he has no choice. and the other two that did jim demint and james inhoff. there you go. the two certified -- certifiably insane republican members of the senate. have said that mitt romney was right to attack president obama for siding with the terrorists. chris is calling from kings peak california. hey, chris, what do you say? good morning. >> caller: how is it going bill. i just wanted to say he's always shooting from the hip.
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when he called the russian federation public enemy number one and inviting the cold war all over. >> bill: today? russia is our public enemy number one. he did say that. he is so clueless, right? >> caller: truly is. he's just an empty suit and you know if i was -- mr. ryan, i would seriously think of trying to get another candidate. this is getting to be an embarrassment. >> bill: buyer's remorse. i think republicans have it today. i gotta tell you. thanks chris, so much. steve is calling from stowe vermont. hello, steve. >> caller: here's what really bothers me about him. you know, after any terrorist attack, you remember what happened during 9-11, everybody rallies around the victims and the president. it doesn't matter -- >> bill: in what country? we we, as a people were under attack. >> caller: it doesn't matter what party you're in. you're an american first.
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the problem with romney is he totally lacks the normal, human emotions that most people have so what does he do? he thinks of ways to score political points. this guy is disqualified from ever being president. he is a pathetic individual that should be hiding under a rock and living in a cave. >> bill: well said, steve. well said. by the way just so that, if you hear this, you know it's not true. the idea that well, this was his staff that put this out and romney didn't have anything to do with it. no, no no, no, no. it's been well documented, "new york times" documents it this morning by quoting romney, campaign officials by name that they told romney he ought to say something about this. he said yes. they wrote something up. they read it to him. he printed it out. he read it. and he said go for this.
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word for word. so he personally approved that statement and then, of course, yesterday morning the smirk news conference, he doubled down again, accusing the president of siding with the terrorists and sending out mixed signals. let me tell you something again i was there yesterday in the rose garden. you ask me, you ask any of the reporters who were there, there was no mixed signal coming out of the white house. and by the way, you can condemn this silly ass video which we should and these so-called christians who made it. you can condemn that video. and condemn the violence. that's not a mixed signal. that's who we are as americans. and because you condemn the video does not mean you support the protestors. ken calling from chicago. hey, ken, good morning. >> caller: yes sir, good morning. i'm so glad you have a picture
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of that smirk posted on your web site. no words speak any louder than that visual. and it is almost as if he's so desperate to play president, all of the flags behind him. >> bill: doesn't he look so cocky. i showed them! oh, man. it says a lot doesn't it? that picture. >> caller: sure does. >> bill: you got it, ken. by the way, it is up on our facebook page. send us a suggested caption for that. we would love to hear from you. i don't know how to go to our facebook page but you do. peter does. >> go to facebook, look for "bill press show." it is right there. >> bill: jim calling from augusta, maine. hey, jim, good morning. >> caller: hi, bill. driving in the truck yesterday and i heard the press conference of romney. he was playing president.
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and all i heard was his arrogance and his -- i saw the bain ceo and how he would -- how he would take care of us smaller people. he just drives me insane. >> bill: i thought the reporters let him off easy yesterday, too, by the way. >> caller: oh, they did. they gave him exactly what he wanted. >> bill: there were a couple of questions, what do you think -- why is this different from what obama would have done. they didn't hit him on the fact hey, america is under attack. i mean this is a terrorist attack. this is a mini version of september 11th. it is not on our property. not nearly so many on our soil. not nearly so many people killed. this was a terrorist attack against americans. by the way that embassy is our soil. so this was a terrorist attack against american soil. to that extent and mitt romney chooses it to make -- to launch a partisan attack. i gotta tell you i think this
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is going to be a -- when we write the history of this election, i think this moment will be one of those that people talk about -- a turning point for mitt romney and a turning point for the american people against mitt romney. down to north carolina, wilson, north carolina. here's tim. hey, tim. >> caller: hey, good morning. how you doing? >> bill: good. >> caller: i don't understand how republicans didn't even have bush at their convention. you don't see the guy. he disappeared. and one thing -- i hope somebody's out there listening that has some power in the media. i don't know why they don't tie him to bush. his policies are the same as bush's. i mean they're like -- even worse. worse, meaning the tax cuts and everything. and we don't -- the days of jimmy carter, the republicans were always saying the days of jimmy carter. i don't know whether we struck a
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deal with bush -- >> bill: first of all tim you answered your own question in a sense, the reason they didn't have bush at the convention is because they don't want to associate themselveses with bush because in fact, they are, you're right, you're right about that they are just bringing back -- they said it themselves they're bringing back the economic policies of george bush and dick cheney on steroids! and we know what that did to the country. the other point i would make is the president does a pretty good job when he's out campaigning of pointing that out. that all -- mitt romney and paul ryan want to do is take us back to those disastrous economic policies which caused the crash in 2008. and instead what we ought to do is go back to the policies of bill clinton which brought us the eight most successful economically most successful years that we've had in modern times. tim, good to hear from you. let's take one more. michael is in jonesboro
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georgia. hey, michael, good morning. >> caller: good morning, how you doing? >> bill: yes, sir, what's your take on this? >> caller: my take on it is that's a very stark distinction that mitt romney doesn't have what it takes to be ceo commander in chief of the united states. if he can listen to rush limbaugh, sarah palin on decisions like this, he has no foreign policy experiences and not only that, this just goes to show also that this is the second time amongst many times that he's shown no compassion for the troops over in afghanistan. >> bill: thank you. >> caller: i pay homage to -- he didn't pay homage to them at the convention. right here yesterday, he should have more compassion for those souls that were lost. instead, he wants to double down because he is willing to say and do anything in order to try to
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achieve what his father could not achieve. >> bill: you got it, michael. well said! well said! and i appreciate the call very much. now, this is a bad, bad moment. for mitt romney. i think it proves he's no way no way qualified to be the leader of the free world. 1-866-55-press. we come back. going to take a quick break to talk about the new iphone. get ready. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." let's hear yours. politically direct means no b.s. just telling you what's going on in politics today. >>at the only on-line forum with a direct line to bill press. >>it's something i've been waiting for a long time. >>join the debate now.
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>> bill: oh, boy. 13 minutes now before the top of the hour. joe cirincione from the ploughshares fund will be in studio with us the entire next hour to talk about more about libya, about israel, about mitt romney. we'll be joined by former congressman patrick murphy from pennsylvania, iraq war vet first vehicle war vet to serve -- first iraq war vet to serve in the united states congress. it was not exactly the second coming but it was certainly treated that way in the high tech world at any rate with the unveiling of the iphone yesterday. iphone 5 by apple. john herrman is the deputy tech editor of "buzzfeed." joining us this morning on our news line. hey, john, good to talk to you. >> good morning, bill. >> bill: from what you saw yesterday, how good is it and what are the new features of the iphone 5? >> well, it's been a pretty long
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time since apple has given us a real surprise with the new iphone. this is no different. this is a lot like the iphone 4s. it's got a lot of incremental improvements. it has 4g wireless which will basically make using the phone feel like it is next to wi-fi at all times. it has a new camera. it's got a slightly new case so it's made out of aluminum in the back rather than the extremely delicate glass that i've seen -- i'm sure you've seen shattered on multiple occasions. the most obvious change is that it has been elongated. it's not exactly a bigger phone it is a taller phone. >> bill: that means a bigger screen? >> yeah. it is a four inch screen. the old screen was about 3.5 inches. normally when phones get larger,
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like android they get bigger in all dimensions. apple has kept the screen the exact same width which gives it taller. it gives it an unusual shape. it looks kind of long. it's unusual design for any phone and it certainly is an unusual design for the iphone which has kept a fairly similar design for five years now. >> bill: do we know what the retail price is going to be? >> yeah. it is going to be the same -- going to follow the same price structure since about 2008 and that's $200 for the 16 gigabyte version and $100 more for each new level of storage. >> bill: oh, i see. so okay, i'm trying to figure out how much i'm going to have to pay for this puppy when i get mine because i'm ready for one. and they go on sale the 25th, is that right? >> 21st, i believe. >> bill: 21st.
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>> yes. you can order it now on the web site. if you have an iphone now. if you have an iphone 4 it may be time to upgrade but it is less about the new features of the phone and more about where you are in your contract. if you're nearing your two-year -- the end of your two-year contract. if you're not, there isn't much to worry about. you won't be missing a whole lot. >> bill: what percentage, john, we're talking with john herrman from buzz feed -- "buzzfeed." you can follow him at buzzfeed.com. his twitter handle is at john wherrman. what percentage of the smart phone or cell phone market does the iphone have now? do you know, john? >> it's less than 50%. that's largely due to a tremendous influx over the last few years of cheap and highly
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differentiated phones from companies like samsung and lg and now more recently, nokia. you know, what's remarkable about the iphone is that despite not having a majority share of the market, there is really only one iphone level. to have achieved a market share at times nearly hundreds of alternative models that are on the market is kind of what makes the iphone special. >> bill: is there anything that this new iphone does that the 4 does not do? i mean any one great new thing like face time? you can do face time on the i4. >> you can do face time on the new iphone over your cell phone network so you don't need to be connected to wi-fi. that's because the new iphone
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has something called 4g ltx which is a marketing term you've probably heard used a lot for other android phones which have had lgt for about a year now. what that essentially means is that when lgt is turned on, you'll have significantly faster internet speed when you're out and about. it is as if you're connected to wi-fi. you can instantly stream video browsing is faster, streaming music will take a half second. that's a fairly big change. >> bill: so this is the first -- am i correct in thinking this is the first -- new iphone since steve jobs died correct? this is their first one without him. >> yes. this is the first iphone since he pass -- first one to be introduced by his successors. >> bill: tim cook and the whole gang.
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>> there have been apple events since then. but this is a product that was you know the iphone product was very important to him. so it is interesting to see how it's evolved. >> bill: well, we're all iphone people here at the "full court press." very excited about it, john. thanks for your insights this morning. and new information makes me more eager to get ahold of one. great. thanks, john. "full court press." thursday morning september 13. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." dose of politics from a fresh perspective. >>i'm a slutty bob hope. the troops love me. >>only on current tv.
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